Benefit News


TRICARE Expands Care With New Policy Changes

Falls Church, VA, December 5, 2019 - TRICARE recently expanded coverage for beneficiaries who meet certain criteria. Coverage now includes: concurrent pediatric hospice and curative care, portable continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, and platelet rich plasma injections.


VA launches Solid Start to ensure Veterans are contacted during initial transition

WASHINGTON, December 4, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in collaboration with the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, introduced VA Solid Start which will proactively contact all newly separated service members at least three times during their first year of transition from the military.


Department of Defense Expanding Access to Commissaries, Military Exchanges and Recreation Facilities

WASHINGTON, November 13, 2019 - The Department of Defense is expanding commissary, military exchange, and morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) retail privileges on U.S. military installations as specified in the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018, included in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.


Veterans can now access information through Health Records on iPhone

WASHINGTON, November 6, 2019 - In honor of Veterans Month this November, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is rolling out nationwide access for Veterans to their VA health data, alongside their health records from other health care providers in one place, in the Health Records section of the Health app for iPhone.


VA expands Military Spouse Employment Partnership program

WASHINGTON, October 25, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it is expanding employment opportunities for military spouses departmentwide, as part of its formal induction into the Department of Defense (DOD) Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) program.


TRICARE Pharmacy Copayments to Increase Starting Jan. 1, 2020

Falls Church, VA, October, 22, 2019 - On Jan. 1, some copayments for your prescription drugs will increase. If you get your prescriptions through the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or at a retail network pharmacy , you’ll pay anywhere from $2 to $7 more starting Jan. 1. Congress made this change in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.